Try Something New: Bikes of the Future – Read Listen Explore Buy

This article was published in 2019, in Magazine 143.

What’s new and what’s hot this summer? Whether you’re relaxing after a day of riding or looking for the next adventure, we round up some cycling-related things to check out.

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Behind the Bike Shed started as a local podcast in December 2018 and by March this year had moved to its own dedicated slot on Cambridge 105. Camcycle staff and volunteers are regular guests, talking about everything from the Chisholm Trail and Station Square to getting more women involved in cycling. Host Phil Mynott also came along to our Space for Cycling ride to interview Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner and Camcycle’s Executive Director Roxanne De Beaux.

Listen in every fortnight on a Monday from 6-7pm at


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Antiseptic and anti-friction breathable cream to increase comfort when cycling, made from 100% natural ingredients including beeswax and cocoa butter and delivered in recyclable non-plastic packaging. £12.50 from Primo Cycles (Jesus Lane) and Arjuna (Mill Road)



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Following the success of last year’s Eddington Cycling Festival, this year Cambridge’s newest district is expanding its outreach with the Eddington Discovery Day, featuring more fun, free activities to help visitors explore the area and learn more about the environment.

The day will include a host of cycling activities for children and families including smoothie bikes, sprint challenges and a pedal-powered jukebox. You can also take your bike along for a free check from Dr Bike and have a go at riding different types of pedal-powered machines. We’ll be there with the Camcycle stall bike too so pop along to pick up some free resources, discuss issues in your area, sign up as a member or just chat about all things cycling!

There will also be hands-on events and games including a toy swap, storytelling workshops, outdoor games, and arts and crafts. Learn about helping the environment through recycling and reducing plastics, carbon reduction and healthy travel. Plus, have a go at eco-friendly cuisine at the Soup Disco – where you can cook, dance and get a free lunch!

Visitors can also learn about how Eddington is helping the environment through its energy, heating, water and recycling systems and how the local wildlife is being supported.

Events take place between 10am and 4pm – find out full details of the events, stalls and tours at


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A clever gadget with a simple interface, this bike computer-cum-navigator saves constantly checking a phone or map for directions (using Google Maps). Recommended to us by a Camcycle member, it also tracks ride statistics. £99 from


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An ingenious little tool to make puncture repair simpler for everyone, even those with arthritis or out on a winter ride with cold, wet hands. The unique claw shape helps fit the tightest of road tyres without pinching. Versions for other bikes coming soon. £9.99 from



Yellow Jersey Press
255 pages, £12.99
Also available on Kindle

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There seems to be a growing prospect that widespread urban car ownership will soon be a thing of the past. Instead, we’ll have shared use of a driverless car, accessed by a smart-phone app. But shorter, individual journeys would see a ‘Blue Peter moment’ for the bicycle – ‘here is a solution I prepared earlier’! If nothing else all those driverless cars are good reasons for the urgent provision of more segregated cycle routes!

That’s one of the prospects in the final chapter of Peter Walker’s book. On the way there he takes in a huge swathe of international anecdote and research showing how not only the Dutch and the Danes have worked hard to reach their present state of cycle use, but also New York, Bogota and San Francisco. And there is repeated and informative reference to the story of London’s cycle provision as Walker’s home patch.

We have chapters on the public health benefits of cycle use, cycling as a tool of social justice, why motorists resent cyclists’ presence on the roads, the helmet debate (the jury’s out) and some approaches to cycle campaigning. The overall message of the book is that good provision for cycling will be eagerly used by growing numbers of cyclists, ‘build it and they will come’, and that will bring benefit first to those who cycle and to the wider community through less car use.

This much we know. These are the truths on which Camcycle was founded and remain our message today. This book tells us that we’re not alone. This is a national and an international battle, to get people out of cars and onto bikes as a safe, enjoyable, healthy, sustainable, humanising way of moving around. This is a book to read and to give. We don’t want everyone to be a ‘cyclist’ – but we do want them on bikes and this hugely readable book makes the case for that.

Alan Ackroyd